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Jeff Van Duzer
-- Seattle Pacific University
"In a quick romp through Scripture Paul Stevens has condensed a lifetime of wisdom into this wonderfully accessible survey of Christian perspectives on work. Stevens invites us to look at work from every possible biblical angle and introduces us to a host of mystics, desert fathers, poets, novelists, CEOs, and other theologians who have walked this road before us. Whether read alone or used as a basis for group discussion, Work Matters is well organized in bite-sized pieces and punctuated with questions for reflection. One of the best introductions to a theology of work available to date!"

Robert Banks
-- Macquarie University
"This book is vintage Paul Stevens, bringing together his love of exposition of the Bible and his concern for faithfulness in the workplace. Over the years Stevens has been compiling a range of scriptural case studies that bring these together. Too often we forget that key biblical figures are not just spiritual but vocational role models, helping us to discern the nature of everyday as well as religious work. Indeed he does not distinguish between these, rightly regarding all work undertaken with Christian commitment as godly. The questions for reflection attached to each chapter make the book an excellent basis for discussion."

Journal of Markets & Morality
“A summative work by an insightful and integrative leader. It is not trendy but full of wisdom. . . . Deserves a place on the desk of every ministry, organization, and think tank serious about biblical insights and work.”
 
The Bible Today
”Draws out solid pastoral reflections on the meaning, travails, and satisfaction of work undertaken from the perspective of faith. Suggested discussion questions at the end of each section enhance the value of the volume.”
 

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R. Paul Stevens is professor emeritus of marketplace theology and leadership at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans (May 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802866964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802866967
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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In his new book "Work Matters: Lessons from Scripture" R. Paul Stevens takes us along a journey through the Old and New Testaments exploring the theological meaning of every sort and type of work. The author R. Paul Stevens is professor emeritus of marketplace theology and leadership at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia, and a marketplace ministry mentor.

This marketplace theologian takes the reader through more than twenty biblical accounts of some of the character profiles in the bible and brings out the purpose of their work and how it fits into God's plan for the world. Out of all the delightful stories in this book one of the many worth commenting on is that of Joseph. His account in the scriptures reads like a modern day soap opera. We see Joseph begins his career as a shepherd following in the footsteps of his father. Then Joseph after being sold by his brothers into slavery ends up in Egypt with a new job working as a slave in house of Potifphar. Then finally Joseph is elevated to the highs position in the land right under the pharaoh and this is where he finds his calling and final vocation. He is trusted with the task of caretaker of all of Egypt's produce in order to be able to survive the foreseen famine that was to come to Egypt.

But his vocation served to not just protect Egypt but a people and not just any people God's chosen people. His family being the sons of Jacob and the people of Israel would be care for by his vocation in Egypt. In this R. Paul Stevens reminds us that God is first constantly at work and that as people created in God's image we to are coworkers with God as he accomplishes his purposes.
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Though the author takes a strong Christian perspective, this book will be of worth to anyone interested in a biblical interpretation of work. Stevens explains in clear prose how work is perceived in both the Old and New Testaments. According to Stevens, the biblical view of work is a positive one. Human fulfillment is found by doing good work. Such work promotes spiritual growth, builds community, and stewards God's creation. Work is a blessing, a ministry, and an opportunity to co-create with God. Stevens ends each chapter with questions for discussion and reflection, making this a useful text for use with discussion or Bible study groups. He also provides an introduction before and a summary after each section, which facilitates understanding of what will and has been read. This is a thought-provoking book useful to anyone seeking to understand their own work within a Biblical context.
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I have read a lot of books on work, long and short. This is the best short work I have read. His scriptural insights are powerful and the synthesis into what work means for us is wonderfully integrated. Paul Stevens wide experience and deep insights make this a first book to read.
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I was required to read this book for a class and hated it. Stevens frequently makes large assertions with no backing, jumps from one topic to another, and overall does a poor job being faithful to the text. If you are looking for a discussion on the theology of work, I would recommend spending your time reading another book.
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